A wide shot of a ceramics studio, featuring students working with pottery wheels and other tools.

Suellen Semekoski

Associate Professor, Adjunct

Bio

Adjunct Associate Professor, Art Therapy (1992). BS, 1978, University of Pittsburgh; MA, 1985, Vermont College of Norwich University. Concurrent position: Registered/ Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in private practice. Publications: Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association; Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Videography: "Healing Art: A Portrait of a Women's Open Art Studio".

Courses

Title Department Catalog Term

Description

This is an entry-level experiential class which explores and implements concepts from art therapy and related fields. The course presents a blend of approaches including Eastern traditions, Jungian psychology, and other sources. Studio work and writing will be used as tools to understand and cultivate the discipline of self-awareness. The class will be structured as a community of participants engaging in and studying the phenomenon of the creative process. Each class meeting will involve art making and writing as well as discussion of ideas based on readings and experiences. This course is for anyone wanting to explore the relationship between art and life, self, other, and community in experiential and theoretical ways within an art therapy framework. It will be of value to those considering working with others using art, such as teachers or art therapists, as well as for those who may wish to establish art and/or writing as a form of practice and discipline in their lives. Open to all students.

Class Number

1253

Credits

3

Description

This course is designed to offer students a didactic and experiential overview of the field of art therapy. Material covered will include history, theory, and practice of art therapy processes and approaches as well as a survey of populations, settings, and applications. Lecture, readings, discussion, audio-visual presentations, experiential exercises, and guest presentations comprise the structure of this course.

Class Number

1107

Credits

3

Description

This course is designed to offer students a didactic and experiential overview of the field of art therapy. Material covered will include history, theory, and practice of art therapy processes and approaches as well as a survey of populations, settings, and applications. Lecture, readings, discussion, audio-visual presentations, experiential exercises, and guest presentations comprise the structure of this course.

Class Number

1106

Credits

3

Description

This course explores nonviolence through the nexus of contemplative reflection and people powered direct action. Research includes identifying personal, local and global exemplars of creative nonviolence through arts based inquiry. The history of nonviolence, the role of arts in nonviolent movements, mindfulness practices and nonviolent communication are foundations for the culminating project of the class. Students will engage in shared collaboration of artistic practices with an existing social action group in exploring love and protection or Gandhi?s soul force or Satyagraha.

Class Number

1130

Credits

3

Description

This course provides students with a basic understanding of group dynamics and its application for a variety of therapeutic goals using art. Students are involved in an experience of group interaction. Lectures and discussions focus on readings from the literature of both art and verbal group therapy. Audio-visual material of groups in action are presented. Issues explored include: techniques and training in group leadership; setting group norms; issues around processing art; dealing with conflict; stages of group development; and application with varied settings, cultures, and populations.

Class Number

2127

Credits

3

Description

This course provides group supervision to support the internship component of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and a Counseling program. Internship students participate in a minimum of one hour of weekly individual supervision with a qualified fieldwork site supervisor in addition to 3 hours of weekly group supervision with a faculty supervisor per the MAATC fieldwork supervision agreement. Over the course of the semester, students complete 250 service hours which must include approximately 100 hours of direct service with clients and contribute to the development of basic to intermediate skills for a specialized area of art therapy and counseling practice. This professional practice course builds on the skills acquired in the practicum experience. Students must demonstrate an applied understanding of assessment, treatment approaches, and the therapeutic relationship in art therapy and counseling. Students also become familiar with a variety of professional activities including referral sources, case review, record keeping, preparation, staff meetings, and other administrative functions. Prerequisite: ARTTHER 6001 — Art Therapy Fieldwork II

Class Number

1125

Credits

3

Description

This course provides group supervision to support the internship component of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and a Counseling program. Internship students participate in a minimum of one hour of weekly individual supervision with a qualified fieldwork site supervisor in addition to 3 hours of weekly group supervision with a faculty supervisor per the MAATC fieldwork supervision agreement. Over the course of the semester, students complete 250 service hours which must include approximately 100 hours of direct service with clients and contribute to the development of basic to intermediate skills for a specialized area of art therapy and counseling practice. This professional practice course builds on the skills acquired in the practicum experience. Students must demonstrate an applied understanding of assessment, treatment approaches, and the therapeutic relationship in art therapy and counseling. Students also become familiar with a variety of professional activities including referral sources, case review, record keeping, preparation, staff meetings, and other administrative functions. Prerequisite: ARTTHER 6001 — Art Therapy Fieldwork II

Class Number

1247

Credits

3